Description: Rather than viewing the Apostle Paul's many references to peace and non-retaliation as generalized ethical principles drawn from Paul's background, Jeremy Gabrielson argues that peace and non-retaliation should be understood in relation to Paul's biography of being a violent persecutor of Jesus' followers. After his "Damascus road" experience, Paul zealously announced the gospel, but abandoned his violent ways. His apostolic vocation included calling and equipping assemblies of people whose common life was ordered by a politics characterized by peaceableness. This political dimension of Paul's gospel, in continuity with the earliest evidence we possess regarding Jesus and his disciples, stands in stark contrast to the politics of both the contemporary Roman imperial power as well as those who would seek to replace Rome by violent means.
Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Theological Approaches, Dead Sea Scrolls
Review by Thomas P. Nelligan
Citation: Thomas P. Nelligan, review of Jeremy Gabrielson, Paul's Non-Violent Gospel: The Theological Politics of Peace in Paulís Life and Letters, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).
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